MICROSOFT OFFICE E3 VS E5: WHICH LICENCE IS BEST FOR YOUR HYBRID WORKPLACE

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Katy Barron
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Microsoft Office E3 Vs E5: Which licence is best for your hybrid workplace-Image

The coronavirus pandemic has seen a lot of change in how we conduct business and these changes have led to many businesses now conducting a hybrid way of working. This hybrid change to our work environment has meant that we are now using collaboration tools successfully when we work remote as well as when we are together. 

The workplace changes have seen businesses really access what technology they are using to empower their employees to work at their smartest wherever they are. This assessment has naturally left many to question which Office 365 version is right for them

With Microsoft Office 365 having two versions of Enterprise (both E3 and E5) that are considered the best for employees who work on the go and who are mobile, more businesses are inquiring into their features to empower their hybrid working workforce. Here is a helpful chart that demonstrates each licenses main benefits. 

Microsoft Office E3 and E5 Benefits: 

 

Features

E3

E5

Email and Calendars via Microsoft Exchange

x

X

Enterprise Social with Yammer

X

X

Communication and team sites with SharePoint

X

X

OneDrive for Business with 1TB cloud storage

X

X

Delve for content discovery

X

X

StaffHub and Planner to manage daily staff tasks

X

X

MS Stream

X

X

Microsoft Teams

X

X

Web versions of office applications i.e. word, outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Excel

X

X

Allows the installation of applications on devices

X

X

MS Office Suite

X

X

Cross-Platform Installation

X

X

Cloud Storage

X

X

Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

X

X

Advanced Security and Information Protection

 

X

Analytics Tools

 

X

Both versions boast to enable each user to get a full license that allows them to install applications on up to 5 desktops, 5 tablets and 5 smartphones. Meaning that team members working from home won't have to depend on having a great, secure internet connection 24/7 - helping employees stay productive on whatever device they are using wherever they may be. 

In my opinion, the main addition to the E5 license is the fully loaded security feature and some analytic tools and voice capabilities. You get everything included in E3 along with a few more benefits: 

  • Advanced Security & Information Protection: The E5 license protects your data from threats like phishing and zero-day malware protecting the user from threats in attachments and links. 
  • Analytics Tools: E5 is the only Enterprise plan that offers analytics tools such as MyAnalytics and PowerBI Pro for data analysis and visualisation.

Other additions include Advance eDiscovery, access controls and control encryption key, Advanced Threat Protection, Threat Intelligence for proactive cybersecurity and actionable insight, O365 Cloud App Security, PTSN conferencing capabilities, Advanced-Data Governance and Customer Lockbox.

​​​​​​​If you would like to learn more about 0365 subscription licenses in further detail and how you can purchase these from Digital First, please contact Digital First for a helpful review and guide to what licenses are best suited for your business needs. 

 

Katy Barron

Katy Barron

Manager
Katy has worked in marketing and events internationally for over 10 years, after having graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BA in Arts, Entertainment and Media Management. At Digital First she began as an Administration Assistant, using her event management skills and then progressed to her current Project Manager role where she works with Microsoft365 tools on a daily basis which she is passionate about using and marketing to others to help users work smarter.